Third Sunday of Advent reflection by Michael Bayer

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As Catholics, we often focus our Sunday attention on the activity of Jesus in the Gospels. It can almost feel like rewatching a familiar episode of a TV show. “Oh, right, the loaves and fishes one, I love that one!” or, “Oh, it’s the ‘whoever does not hate his father or mother cannot be my disciple’ one… not my favorite, honestly.”
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Feast Day of St. Nicholas -- December 6

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On December 6, we celebrate the Feast Day of St. Nicholas. From the ninth century in the East and the eleventh century in the West, Nicholas has been one of the most popular saints in Christendom and in Christian art and is the patron of many countries, dioceses, churches, and cities. He was a Greek bishop of Myra in Lycia (now Turkey). His charity to the poor is commemorated in modern times by those who follow the tradition of stuffing a boot or a stocking with gifts on his feast day.
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Second Sunday of Advent reflection by Deacon Tim Sullivan

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We’re at the 2nd Sunday of Advent and our Gospel reading by Matthew starts with John the Baptist (a cousin of Jesus) preaching “repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Mathew goes on to state that this had been foreshadowed by the Prophet Isaiah, “A voice of one crying out in the desert, prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.” We’re in a position similar to those people at the time of Jesus and before. They were waiting for the Messiah and John the Baptist was trying to get them prepared and to be ready to accept Jesus and his teaching.
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1st Sunday of Advent Reflection by Gabriel Mayhugh

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Advent is upon us. It barely feels like we even had a Fall in Chicago, but here we are. Today we begin a new liturgical year, we hang the Advent wreath, the liturgies are simpler, the Gloria disappears and we turn the readings at Mass to Cycle A. Advent is probably the richest and most misunderstood liturgical season since it is overshadowed by the culture surrounding Christmas Day. We begin this season looking at the end times, when Christ will come. It is dark and gloomy, there are scriptural warnings and there are scriptural hopes.
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Our Lord, Jesus Christ, King of the Universe Reflection by Barbara Silva

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In the Gospel reading today, one of the men being crucified alongside Jesus says to him, “Remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Through acknowledging the reality of who Jesus is, this individual is promised a place with Jesus in Paradise. For us, as we reflect upon this text today on the Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, we may think to ourselves, “I’m here at Mass, so clearly I acknowledge the reality of who Jesus is.” Although this thought has crossed my mind many times, the truth has rarely been so simple.
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November is Black Catholic History Month

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On July 24, 1990, the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus of the United States designated November as Black Catholic History Month to celebrate the long history and proud heritage of Black Catholics.

Two commemorative dates fall within this month, Saint Augustine’s Birthday (November 13) and Saint Martin de Porres’ Feast Day (November 3).

More importantly, November not only marks a time when we pray for all saints and souls in loving remembrance, but also a time to recall the saints and souls of Africa and the African Diaspora.

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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Reflection by Patrick Sinozich

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Many people admire the physical structure of Saint Clement and the art it contains. And rightly so: the murals and mosaics are indeed stunning. As corporal beings, it is easy for us to get caught up in things of beauty. We take comfort in the things we can see, touch, hear, and smell. We enjoy the refinement of a great painting, or the mastery of a well-designed building.
      But even the stones of Saint Clement will be thrown down by weather, time and neglect. 
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